The Board does not condone the use of force, fear, hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or other forms of corporal punishment as an appropriate procedure in student discipline.
No employee, volunteer or contractor of the District shall inflict physical pain by hitting, paddling or spanking, or cause to be inflicted, corporal punishment upon a student. Reasonable physical force may be used to maintain order and control in a school or a school related setting for the purposes of providing an environment conducive to safety and learning.
Physical force upon a student may be necessary to restrain or remove a student whose behavior is interfering with the orderly exercise and performance of District functions within a school or school related activity if that student has refused to comply with a request to refrain from further disruptive acts; for self defense or the defense of another; to prevent a student from inflicting harm on him/herself; to quell a disturbance that threatens physical injury to any person; to obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object; and to protect property.
Employees should not find it necessary to resort to physical force, violence or threats to compel obedience. If all means fail, staff members may always resort to the removal of the student from the classroom or school through established suspension or expulsion procedures.
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